Smartphones are great, but they can be a curse as well. When I had a basic feature phone it seemed that young children weren’t that interested in my phone, it was boring and simple. Now that it has games and a swipe menu, it’s much more interesting for my pre-schooler.
I know I’m not alone here. Ever reached for your smartphone only to find its not there and that your children have ran off with it? That’s where the MG comes into play. This Android-based device is essentially a smartphone without the dialer (or a media player) that will let your kids play all their favorite apps- without stealing your phone to do it.
The device can do everything your phone can when it comes to apps, and actually packs reasonably powerful hardware. The MG is powered by a 1GHz Cortex A5 processor, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, WIFI, and sensors including a gyroscope, compass, accelerometer and all the other goodies you’d expect from a smartphone- minus the ability to make calls or use 3G/4G data.
The MG will come preloaded with a suite of games including titles like NBA Jam and Need for Speed Hot Pursuit. When it comes to getting more apps, the device utilizes the Google Play store in conjuction with ties to the “Bill My Parents” service. What does this mean? It means that the MG will allow you to provide a refillable debit allowance system that will allow your kids to buy new games. This gives parents better control over what their children are buying.
Even more interesting, parents will get notifications through their phones and PCs that tell what kind of apps the kids are buying and will even allow parents to remotely lock apps they feel aren’t appropriate.
Interesting concept, but how much will it set you back? About $170. While this isn’t a huge price, there are many media players that are cheaper than this and even full-fledged 7-incher tablets like the Google Nexus 7 are only slightly more in cost.
So why get the MG? If you like the idea of a parental control system and unified tools for letting your children purchase apps, this is a good idea. Also it’s great if your children want something that is so portable in can slip into their small pockets and go with them anywhere.
The MG is expected to arrive this holiday season. If you want an MG but don’t want to pay full-price, it’s worth noting that the company is actually raising extra funds on Kickstarter right now. A pledge of just $99 will land you an MG.